Yuko Kimura | A Beautiful Friendship

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A Beautiful Friendship

by Yuko Kimura

Energetic, rhythmic and heartfelt jazz vocal classics by Yuko .
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love
3:15 album only
2. New York State of Mind
6:01 album only
3. A Beautiful Friendship
4:05 album only
4. I Can\'t Escape From You
6:42 album only
5. I Didn\'t Know What Time It Was
5:24 album only
6. Love Dance
7:00 album only
7. I\'ve Got the World on a String
5:16 album only
8. No More Blues
3:18 album only
9. In the Beginning God; My Lord
6:18 album only
10. Climbing Higher Mountains
2:43 album only


Album Notes
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yuko KIMURA is a jazz vocalist living in Tokyo, Japan. This is her debut recording in New York and Yuko is joined by three of New York's most respected instrumentalists: pianist Roberta Piket, bassist Cameron Brown, and drummer Gene Jackson.
Because of her diminutive size, Yuko Kimura's high school basketball teammates called her 'Tsugumi', meaning 'Thrush', a name she still goes by in her native Japan. The songbird nickname also suits her because since Yuko also expresses her love of jazz through singing. In the early 1990s that great love lured the aspiring singer from her home in Tokyo to the jazz workshops at Manhattan School of Music and the Vermont Jazz Center. Her mentors and teachers include some of the most respected jazz vocal artists of our time: Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton and Ann Marie Moss. Since then Yuko has performed in Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York City, Istanbul and Paris, in settings that have ranged from duos to big band, T0 accompanying herself on the piano. In 1997, she was honored as 'Best Player' at the Kichijoji Jazz Contest in Japan and was also named 'Finalist' by the 1995 Yokohama Jazz Promenade Contest. She has been singing in New York regularly since 2006 at venues such as Kavehaz, Manahatta Lounge and Smalls.
Roberta, Cameron and Gene are well known as accomplished improvisers, and they get to display their solo talents throughout these ten tracks, but more than that, in the many ways that inspire and interact with Yuko, and with each other, they prove to be insightful and sensitive accompanists as well.
Yuko is pleased to bring the vibration of her open heart and energy to everyone who hears her music.



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JazzLover NWT

A Classic
The album start to finish is tremendous! Yuko's smooth, elegant voice against such great instrumentals is an irresistable combination. You can't help but love her music - start to finish.

sybil lefferts

a beautiful friendship
Terrific renditions of familiar favorites. Great collaboration of excellent musicians. Love the "songbird's" voice.


Great Job!
Superb jazz music!

jazz holic girl

Absolutely fabulous!!
I am so thrilled to own this album, Yuko has the perfect jazzy voice that makes you want to listen to her over and over. If you haven't gotten her album, I strongly suggest it. I am a big fan of her. Can't wait until the next one.